UN Expert Urges International Solidarity to Ensure Successful Round of COP18 Talks

Geneva, November 23 (QNA) – United Nations Independent Expert Virginia Dandan has urged world governments to see beyond the cost of climate change in terms of money, and to adopt a strong commitment to international solidarity as a key element towards a successful round of United Nations climate change talks due to start next week in Doha, Qatar.
Representatives from 194 countries will meet in Doha from November 26 to December 7 to try, among other issues, to extend the Kyoto Protocol, the existing plan for curbing greenhouse gas emissions by developed nations that expires at the end of 2012.
“The costs of climate change to humanity cannot be covered only by accomplishing the commitments in finance for adaptation and mitigation,” warned the expert charged by the United Nations Human Rights Council to study the issue of international solidarity. “The international community must be prepared to give much more than money.”
“International solidarity can be the bridge to support nations affected by impacts of climate change, whether rich or poor”, Dandan stressed. “International solidarity on climate change is key to help building a global constituency for more equitable arrangements for climate change, particularly on investments, finance, aid, debt, technology transfer, intellectual property, migration, environment and the global partnership for development”.
The United Nations Independent Expert also called upon developed countries not to back down from their longstanding commitments, and at the same time, asked those new polluters to do their part in the process. “Most vulnerable nations cannot pay for what other nations have done or are doing today,” she noted. “In this project, we are all together”.
Dandan sees an urgent need for a new cooperation model built upon a multilateral response to the mounting challenges of climate change, guided by the human rights approach to the principles of equity and of common but differentiated responsibilities, and implemented in the spirit of international solidarity. 
Climate negotiations held last year in Durban established a momentum shaped from important outcomes including the agreement for a second commitment for the Kyoto Protocol; progress on the financing tracks for transfer of technology, adaptation and mitigation with the launching of the Green Climate Fund; and the Durban Platform towards a new global legally binding agreement to be negotiated by 2015 and implemented by 2020. (QNA)

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